Ian McKellen describes his first look at Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins. Plus new X-Men: First Class posters!

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Ian McKellen reports his first sighting of Martin Freeman in costume as Bilbo Baggins. The dinosaur time travel show Terra Nova will also explore the 22nd Century. Plus updates on Fringe, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Chuck, and more!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Mars Needs Moms.

X-Men: First Class

Here's some more international posters, which are mostly variations on the character posters we've seen before. [ComingSoon.net and Superhero Hype]

The Hobbit

Ian McKellen recounts his first sight of Martin Freeman in character as Bilbo Baggins:

I've seen Bilbo - in three dimensions. I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.

There's more at the link. [McKellen.com]

Mars Needs Moms

Here's a pair of new clips: [Disney Dreaming]

The Inhumans

Marvel's cosmic comic book, in which a bunch of alien sleeper agents are sent to Earth as the advance guard of an invasion but then decide to side with humanity, is reportedly the next project to get a feature film adaptation. Marvel Studios is currently beginning the development process. [Badass Digest]


Doctor Who

Here's a couple photos of Matt Smith and James Corden tangling with a Cybermat in a beauty store. [via Wenn.com]



Here's a breakdown of "Subject 13" and what it means for the series going forward from executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman: [SpoilerTV]

Pinkner pretty much confirms that the doomsday machine that's linked to Peter will be activated before the end of the season, and he also offered this hint about what might be ahead:

"To me, surprise is a good means of storytelling, but sometimes giving the audience what they expect in an unexpected way is more satisfying. As an audience member, I love guessing ahead on stories I care about. That's how our minds indicate they're really engaged."


[Digital Spy]

Episode 18 is likely set mostly (or exclusively) over there, as it features the return of both Andre Royo and Amy Madigan as Olivia's alternate universe mother. Also, Kevin Corrigan will reportedly return in episodes 20 and 21 as Sam Weiss. [TV Line]


The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman offered an update on what we'll see in season two:

"We're definitely going to Hershel's farm, and anyone who's familiar with the graphic novels is going to know that there are a lot of characters that come with that. We're going to see Hershel's daughter Maggie and we'll possibly see a little bit of romance for Steven Yeun's character Glenn, so that's going to be pretty exciting. We had six episodes on the first season, now we have 13. We can kind of let things breathe and get to know the characters a little bit better. I think the second season is going to blow the first season out of the water."


[Digital Spy]

Elsewhere, he explained the overall feel of the new season:

"In the first season, there was a lot of hubbub in Atlanta and then there was a lot of downtime at the farm. We're definitely going to have quiet moments and everything, but being on the road in a world like this and in that traveling caravan, running out of food, having to stop to get supplies despite being in a dangerous area, there's going to be some really high drama [and] intense stuff."


[TV Line]

Lori actress Sarah Wayne Callies explains what Rick's deterioration as a leader means for her character:

"Right now, Lori has the luxury of indulging in her own sorrow and sadness and fear and loss partly because Rick is so strong. Marriages are often a yin-yang balance, which is to say, the weaker Rick becomes, the stronger Lori will become to support him."


[TV Guide]

True Blood

Joe Mangianello explains what lies ahead for Alcide in season four:

"[It's] about him dealing with power. Him dealing with that beast inside of him. The more he lets it out, the more difficult it is to control. You're going to see him wrestle with that a little more. You also see him wrestle with his feelings for Sookie."


[TV Line]

Alan Ball discusses the strange doll in Jessica and Hoyt's new home:

"I can tell you that the doll is more than just a doll. That doll has a passenger."


[TV Guide]


Here's a long description for episode 19, "Chuck vs. the Muuurder":

WHEN A SPY IS MURDERED IN CASTLE, IT'S UP TO CHUCK TO FIGURE OUT "WHO DONE IT" – ROBIN GIVENS GUEST STARS – Chuck (Zachary Levi) is put in charge of a top-priority mission, but his leadership skills are pushed to the limit when there is a murder in Castle. Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) takes on a mission of his own when Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) finds an alarming new hobby. Elsewhere, Morgan's (Joshua Gomez) leadership is also tested when his Buy More troops wage war against Large Mart.



General Hospital actress Lisa LoCicero has reportedly been cast as Daphne Peralta, the titular wedding planner who is Chuck's non-spy adversary in episode 21, "Chuck vs. the Wedding Planner." [TV Line]


No Ordinary Family

A series regular will reportedly die in the season finale. [TV Line]

The Event

Here's a promo for next week's thirteenth episode (the two-hour midseason premiere counted as episodes eleven and twelve), "Turnabout": [SpoilerTV]

Here's a description for episode 14, "A Message Back":

THOMAS RECEIVES A TROUBLING MESSAGE — HAL HOLBROOK AND GABRIELLE CARTERIS GUEST STARS — Thomas (Clifton Collins, Jr.) summons Sophia (Laura Innes), Diane Geller (guest star Gabrielle Carteris, "Beverly Hills, 90210"), and the other Sleepers to reveal the contents of the game-changing message he received. With newfound intensity, President Martinez (Blair Underwood) confronts Vice President Ray Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich) about his betrayal. Sean (Jason Ritter) blackmails Vicky (Taylor Cole) into helping him on a mission of vengeance. Elsewhere, Dempsey (guest star Hal Holbrook, "Water for Elephants") continues on his hunt for experimental subjects.



And here's a quickie synopsis for episode 15, "Face Off":

Negotiations for the release of the Sleepers begin after Sophia triggers a national disaster; Sean and Vicky continue their mission.



Terra Nova

Showrunner Brannon Braga explains how the characters' home time of the 22nd century will play into the show:

"Without giving too much away, there will be connections to the future that are very mysterious and ongoing but only as they relate to our characters. We won't do standalone stories in the future, but the future will play a part in this series...The look and feel of the show will be unlike anything people have seen before in that it's a fascinating conglomeration of futuristic technology in the distant past. The colonists bring with them medical technology, sonic weapons and non-lethal weapons to battle dinosaurs because they don't want to kill anything unless they have to so as not to rape the landscape. The look of these technologies in a prehistoric setting is pretty cool, but having said that they don't have all the luxuries."


[ATV Today]

Stargate Universe

Here's a bunch of photos and a sneak peek for episode twelve, "Twin Destinies." [SpoilerTV]

At least four characters will reportedly die before the season ends. Two of the main characters will die relatively soon, while two other Destiny passengers are killed in a radiation attack. [TV Guide]



Here's some promo photos for episode 12, "Hangover." [SpoilerTV]


Here's some photos from the eighth and final episode. [Den of Geek]


Morena Baccarin offered some clues on where the show is headed the rest of the way:

In this week's episode, Anna readies to fire up the Blue Energy reactor, but apparently the device is not what it seems. What can you tease about its actual purpose?
Well, the shape of Concordia [designed as a docking platform for Visitor ships] is a big clue. There are like 529 Concordia cities being built, and there are [hundreds of] ships looming over Earth, but it's beyond human technology to see them. We are not coming; we are here.

Do you think defiant Lisa has reached the point of no return, or might there be a way for Anna to get her back into the fold?
Never underestimate what Anna can do, but Lisa seems to be pretty far in the Fifth Column direction.


There's more at the link. [TV Line]

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.



@"in which a bunch of alien sleeper agents are sent to Earth as the advance guard of an invasion but then decide to side with humanity"

Loath as I am to quote Wikipedia, their item on The Inhumans by Marvel is closer to what I recall:

"At the beginning of the Kree-Skrull War, millions of years ago in Earth time, the alien Kree established a station on the planet Uranus, a strategic position between the Kree and Skrull empires. Through their work at this station, they discovered that sentient life on nearby Earth had genetic potential invested in it by the alien Celestials. Intrigued, the Kree began to experiment on Earth's then-primitive Homo sapiens to produce the genetically advanced Inhuman race."